Sheriff, Residents Respond To Stanislaus County’s Move To Charge Thieves With Looting Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS13) — The Stanislaus County District Attorney announced that anyone who commits burglary or theft in the county during the coronavirus state of emergency could also be charged with looting.

The announcement came Wednesday from Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager. In a press release, Fladager said “anyone who commits a crime of burglary in the second degree, grand theft, or petty theft, in our county, during the state of emergency could be charged with looting in violation of Penal Code 463.”

As of Thursday, the DA’s office said they have filed 21 counts of looting during the state of emergency, 17 of which are felonies against 12 defendants. The remaining four are misdemeanor charges. The arrests came from Modesto, Turlock and Waterford.

“Criminals are criminals and obviously they don’t care about the law anyway,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse said.

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